translation from the Russian by Alessio Bergamo.
originally published in Russian in: Dmitry Volček, Ослы большие и малые. Разговор с режиссером Анатолием Васильевым, svoboda.org
Taking the presentation of Asino, the first feature film of the eminent theater director Anatolij Vasil'ev, the interviewer questions the Maestro on some aspects of the film (which is entirely shot in Italy), on the situation of the current Russian theater and on theatrical work of Vasiliev in Europe. In the answers to these questions the Master offers a brief but suggestive overview of his aesthetic positions: on the concept of character transformation, on the creation of a "post-documentary" film, on the relationships between aesthetics and politics, between art and spirituality, between theater and political power in Russia, between artistic needs and productive dynamics in Europe and, at the same time, allows us to observe some Italian phenomena with his foreign eyes.
This article is available in: ITA